Death of a Dutchman, Paperback
4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


There was enough trouble around to keep the police busy for months.

All over Florence tourists were being robbed, cars stolen, and somewhere in the city terrorists were quietly at work.

So the suicide of a Dutch jeweller looked like an open and shut case.

Certainly, there were some slight discrepancies. But the only witnesses were a blind man, and an old woman given to vicious lying.

Yet the Marshal felt uneasy - it was all so conveniently simple.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780099489917



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The 2nd book in the Marshall Guarnaccia series, set in Florence. The plodding beginning is set in a torridly hot period of time in Florence. Among reports of an Instamatic camera stolen in Pisa and various Fiat 500s, the Marshall responds to a call from a 91 year old woman about a potential problem in the flat next door. This turns out to be the death of a "Dutchman"--so-called because his father was Dutch, even though his mother was Italian, and the boy was born and raised in Florence. The death is considered a suicide, except that there are certain anomalies that bother the Marshall, who quietly begins to investigate on his own.The pace picks up considerably in the middle of the book and in the last third, becomes a real page turner. The plot is excellent; the subplot involving Digos, the secret police, is not very prominent in the story but becomes well-integrated into the main plot line.A very good book.

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It is hot in Florence. Marshal Guarnaccia is pounding the pavements, checking hotels for terrorists on the government's blue list (even though this book was first published in 1982!). Almost by accident he responds to a call from a 91-year-old cranky woman and the two of them discover a dying man next door.The best part of the book is the humanity of the Marshal and his relationship with the young men who live and work with him at the Station. The plot, the motive for the murder are a little convoluted and yet it was obvious to me early on Who Done It, and I got a little impatient with the investigators for taking so long to figure it all out. Also, I anticipated a tragic subplot, but I had no idea how that would play out, and when it did, I was moved more than I expected to be.Nabb's writing is wonderful, but I don't believe this will be her most memorable book.

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